We are so very sorry to report the news that author Beverly Cleary, most known for her Ramona Quimby series of books, has passed away.
Cleary was 104, and passed peacefully at her Carmel home on March 25th, 2021.
HarperCollins Children’s Books President and Publisher Suzanne Murphy had this to say about the news:
“We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. Looking back, she’d often say, ‘I’ve had a lucky life,’ and generations of children count themselves lucky too—lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created, including Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse, as true friends who helped shape their growing-up years. We at HarperCollins also feel extremely lucky to have worked with Beverly Cleary and to have enjoyed her sparkling wit. Her timeless books are an affirmation of her everlasting connection to the pleasures, challenges, and triumphs that are part of every childhood.”